New electric van enters production at LEVC’s Coventry factory
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LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company) has commenced production of VN5, its new electric van. The model is designed, engineered and manufactured at LEVC’s award-winning production plant in Ansty, Coventry – the UK’s only dedicated electric vehicle factory.
From the makers of the world’s most iconic taxi, VN5 is the company’s first electric van model. This is an historic milestone for LEVC, as the company expands its model range with the launch of a second product. As with ‘TX’ for taxi, the same technical and functional nomenclature strategy has been followed. VN is chosen for van and ‘5’ to represent the volume of the cargo area, 5m³. With its bold, distinctive design, lightweight aluminium construction and eCity technology, VN5 also now shares the LEVC’s flexible production line with TX.
VN5 targets the growing ‘one-tonne’ van sector and LEVC expects its new electric van to account for around 70% of production volume by 2022. First vehicles will be delivered to UK customers before the end of the year and a LHD variant will join production in March 2021.
Joerg Hofmann, CEO of LEVC, commented: “Today is an historic moment for our iconic company as we launch a second product line and continue our growth strategy to become a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer. VN5 sets new green mobility standards in the industry and establishes a new and highly desirable electric van segment.”
The VN5 project also benefited from government funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) which has supported LEVC in the design, development and testing of the new VN5 electric van, including a robust 32-month prototype testing programme.
Business and Industry Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said: “In recent years, the London Electric Vehicle Company has proven itself to be a pioneer in developing electrified transport in the UK. Now, with government support, the company is further cementing its reputation with the production of new electric vans in the UK’s only factory dedicated entirely to electric vehicle production. This is a real boost for manufacturing in the West Midlands and for delivery companies looking to improve their green footprint, driving us towards a future of greener travel both at home and abroad.”
LEVC’s manufacturing facility is a fully digitalised smart 4.0 factory which means all business systems and processes are interlinked and provide live, cloud-based data. The facility also boasts impressive green credentials thanks to built-in rainwater harvesting and solar panel systems designed to further reduce LEVC’s carbon footprint.
Based on the same architecture and proven eCity technology as LEVC’s TX electric taxi, VN5 can achieve a pure EV range of over 60 miles (98 km) and a total flexible range of over 300 miles (489 km). In addition, VN5 utilises the same strong, lightweight bonded aluminium monocoque & SMC construction – designed to last twice as long as the competition and has a class-leading turning circle of just 10.1m for unrivalled mobility in busy city environments.